Published on December 18th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Barb’s shabby chic bedroom

Barb’s bedroom came together from bits and pieces. Who would have known! Very shabby chic.

She says, “The bed started with two Ikea TV benches from a few years back (sorry, don’t know the name) and grew from there – a sheet of MDF on top, an old door for the footboard and a couple of found pallets for the headboard. Lots of storage and a very comfy place to sleep!

For the closet, I wanted mirrors and storage. My budget was tight, so that ruled out the Pax mirrored-door wardrobe solution. Instead, I went with two Stark hall units, built out from the wall. Basic closet guts and curtains added the extra storage I needed. So it’s light, cheerful and cheap!

More hacks on

TV shelf with door stoppers for legs
French chic hacks

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

5 Responses to Barb’s shabby chic bedroom

  1. Alana says:

    Love this idea… now I want to chuck my metal bedframe and follow your very cool idea. I already have the shabby chic headboard (a la Kijiji)… wondered what to do for a footboard… the door looks fab! All that storage will be awesome too. Thanks so much for posting!

  2. Beautiful! I adore painted furniture but it’s so hard to find here in the UK. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  3. Barb McMahon says:

    Oooooh! Thanks for posting this!

  4. Sascha says:

    TV benches are called BORGHAMN. Use it in a hacked way myself :)

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